Anarres 2 cooperative community

Notes for visitors

Visitors are welcome, but take care, because you are visiting at your own risk.  A2 is not responsible for accidents or injuries of any kind!

Please contact me before visiting for directions and approval – I’m not there most of the year. It’s about 3 miles south of I-80 near Imlay, Nevada, the first 1/2 mile of which is paved road. The next mile is good gravel road, the next mile is rough gravel road, and the last section is dirt road. Your vehicle should have fairly good clearance, but 4 wheel drive is probably not a necessity during the summer and fall. During the spring and winter I’ve heard the roads can become too muddy to travel at all, and that 4WD may be necessary the rest of the time. If I happen to be there, I can meet you near the Imaly interchange and guide you up. If you get off Amtrak in Winnemucca, NV, I can pick you up at the station with a few days advance notice (if I happen to be around). I try to visit every summer, but the time varies.

Please note these important items:

Warnings The following are some things to watch out for, but it is not a comprehensive list:

– Please park on the road, turn off your engine, and allow your vehicle’s exhaust system/muffler 15 or 20 minutes to cool before parking on the grass to reduce the chance of grass fires.

– Please don’t make fires of any kind. The grass is extremely dry.

– The daytime sun is brutal. For the time being, there is no shade – bring a tarp to hang over your tent or the frame of the sun shelter/car port structure, or go somewhere shady during the middle of the day. Summer nights are cool, however.

– Winters and winter nights can be harsh. Camping in the winter is not advised (can reach -40 degrees).

– The shower tower blocks are not connected with mortar and can easily fall over if leaned on, bumped or pushed.

– The water jug for the shower is heavy when full – use caution when filling and positioning.

– Violent thunderstorms with lightning and high winds are possible, and wild fires are always a risk; be prepared to take shelter in your vehicle during storms or to flee in the event of fire.

– Don’t mess with free ranging cows and sheep, or wildlife, including deer, antelope and, reportedly, mountain lions and rattlesnakes (the only animals I’ve actually seen are antelopes, one kangaroo rat, one bat, one bull snake and one coyote).

– Bring plenty of water. There is no well.

– Bring a flashlight. There is no power.

– Bring your own shelter if you plan on camping out. There are no accommodations.


– Please water the trees, a gallon or two at dawn or dusk, if at all possible.

– Please empty the compost toilet/poop bucket into one of the poop pits if you use it, cover with a layer of topsoil, and then recover the hole with the plywood and a concrete block. These are future sites for trees.

– Please bring water to use while you are there. If you want to take showers, figure 4 gallons per shower (shower jug holds 7 gallons, a quick shower usually takes 3 or 4 gallons).

– Please don’t discharge any firearms – there is nothing to stop the bullets and it will probably annoy the neighbors.


– For a hot/warm shower, leave your shower water jug out in the sun during the day. In winter, leave it in a tent, vehicle or under a well secured plastic sheet.

– Secure light items at all times, including tents. Sudden high winds will take light objects and you will never see them again. Tents have been ripped off their tent stakes in storms! Leave heavy items in your tent to secure it.

– The nearest places for buying food are a convenience store some distance to the west (left) on the frontage road on the opposite side of I-80, or the truck stop in Mill City to the east (right) which can be reached either via I-80 or on via the frontage road on the opposite side of I-80.

– Be sure to check out Thunder Mountain monument at the eastern (right) end of the frontage road on this side of I-80.

– Most of the land to the south (towards the nearest mountains) is BLM (Bureau of Land Management i.e., government) land. Leave early, take plenty of water, and wear a broad brimmed hat and sunscreen. Cloudy days are the best for hiking. I’ve written to the BLM to find out what the rules are as far as what you can and can’t do on their land.


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